ONS: 16 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malawi activists announced plans for protest campaign
  • AMERICAS: Colombian air force killed 10 FARC rebels in air strike
  • ASIA: Top Al Qaeda operative reported killed in Pakistan  
  • EUROPE: EU and Kosovan police take command of checkpoints along Serbian border
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian opposition groups united under national council
  • TECHNOLOGY: Windows 8 to ban Adobe Flash on mobile devices

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Ongoing battles for last Gaddafi strongholds
    • Opposition forces attacked the towns of Bani Walid and Sirte, still held by remaining Gaddafi loyalists.
    • Fierce fighting was reported in both towns. Opposition forces reported being temporarily repulsed from Bani Walid after sustaining heavy casualties, but regrouped to continue the assault. NATO estimated that approximately 15% of Gaddafi’s forces were still intact and fighting.
    • Opposition forces reported that they had captured the Sirte airport.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Malawi: Activists announced plans for a series of large anti-government protests for next week. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UN officials announced that Somalia has the world’s highest infant mortality rate. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A government air strike killed at least 10 FARC rebels at a camp in the southwestern part of the country. (Colombia Reports)
  • Mexico: Gunmen forced a town in Michoacan state to cancel “El Grito” celebrations after arriving in force at the main square and threatening to attack civilians. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security presence around key Kabul government sites returned to normal following Tuesday’s siege. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A top Al Qaeda operative, Abu Hafs Al-Shahri, was reported killed by a US drone strike in Waziristan. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: Kosovan and EU police took command over two contested border crossings with Serbia. (Reuters)
  • Russia: An imam at a rural mosque in Dagestan was killed by gunmen. (ITAR-TASS)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: A group of opposition activists formed a “Syrian National Council”, to unify efforts against the government. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Saudi and Yemeni government officials stated that President Saleh would likely not return to Sanaa. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Computing: Microsoft announced it would not support Adobe Flash, or other plug-in software on its Windows 8 devices, citing security and performance concerns. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Roke
    • Location: 120 NM E of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 630 NM ESE of Chichi, Japan
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Maria
    • Location: Several hundred miles SW of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Movement: NE at 45 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 275 miles SW of Acapulco
    • Movement: W to WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 626.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: East of the North Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 13.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17SEP)

  • Jordan: Anniversary of civil war – 1970.
  • Latvia: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of attack on US embassy – 2008.

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